Donate Your Scrap Supplies

Donate Your Scrap Supplies

Whether your New Year’s resolution was to finally clean out your scrapbook space, or you’re reading our brand new column, “Get Organized”, which debuted in the March/April 2009 issue, it’s time to get rid of the old to make room for the new—the new, inspired you, that is! Once you’ve determined which items in your space are collecting dust, then it’s time to get rid of them. But don’t throw them away—donate them. Not only will you simplify your stash, you’ll feel good about helping others. Here are a few non-profit organizations that will use your supplies to help others.

Operation Scrapbook is dedicated to supplying all necessary items to foster children and children fighting cancer to creatively record their lives through scrapbooking. Their goal with both programs is “to record all the bits and pieces, people and places, and events and occasions that make up a life.” To donate your supplies, email Julie Newport at jnewport@operationscrapbook.org.

The Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) helps children and their families heal from the effects of child abuse.  Donated scrapbook products are used during art therapy sessions, and to create albums for children when they leave the center. For more information, call 816-252-8388.

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. A wish is granted every 40 minutes in the United States, and volunteers will use your supplies to create meaningful scrapbooks for each wish recipient, documenting the entire experience. To find your local chapter, visit their website or call 800-722-9474.

If you choose the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), your donated supplies will be put to good use during arts and crafts time at one of their 90 summer camps in the U.S. These camps offer specialize activities for children with limited mobility or who use wheelchairs because of a neuromuscular disease. For more information, visit their website or call 800-572-1717.

Many organizations in your own neighborhood could use your supplies. Make sure you call ahead and arrange a time to drop off your donations. Here is a quick list of community organizations that can use your help:

• Elementary schools
• Care or hospice centers
• Adult community centers
• Special needs centers
• Churches
• Children’s hospitals
• Homeless shelters and/or women’s shelters

Appeared in:

March/April 2009

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